The dykes of the Dutch island of Texel have been raised in recent years to keep the island safe for the rising sea level in the coming decades. The finishing of this extensive work will be marked with a special monument at the port where the ferry arrives.
The monumental work of art consists of a large spatial drawing of a hand in which a number of smaller sculptures of the natural and cultural icons of Texel are placed. With a few graceful and powerful lines of corten steel, the almost 14-meter-high sculpture contrasts beautifully with the ever-changing cloudy sky. The small sculptures, are located in various places in the hand that forms a protective gesture around them.
The small church of Den Hoorn, a Texel lamb, a rare bird of prey which still lives on the island and a small sculpture of a man looking out over the water towards the arriving ferry. The artwork In Safe Hands thus forms a landmark visible from afar and an inspiring monument for the cooperation between man and nature.